Andreas W. Mytze

Monday 18 October 2021
Friends and colleagues at the Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies were saddened to learn of the recent passing of Andreas Mytze. As editor of the journal europäische Ideen , which he founded in 1973, his contacts with East German dissidents earned him a Stasi dossier. He moved from Berlin to London, where for many years he cultivated contacts with former refugees from Nazism and contributed significantly to research into the literary culture of the German-speaking exiles. An obituary can be found at

Open World Research Initiative Showcases Value of Modern Languages

Monday 27 September 2021
The Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) was a transformational research programme that aimed to showcase the strategic importance of languages at local, national and global levels. Established in 2016 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the initiative received a £16 million investment over four years.

Cross-Language Dynamics Project Brochure Available

Monday 16 August 2021
The OWRI project ‘ Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community ’ (CLDRC), in which IMLR, School of Advanced Study led on the Translingual Strand , has produced a booklet showcasing some of the project’s research activities. The project addressed questions of whether and how the languages we speak define the communities we align with, and how language community boundaries may be made more porous.

First Study of Enlightenment Translator Christian Felix Weiße

Monday 21 June 2021
The first book to explore the singularly extensive output of Enlightenment translator, Christian Felix Weiße, is to be published on 30 June 2021. Probably best known as a dramatist and influential children’s writer, Weiße became the most prolific German translator of English literature in the18 th century, a popular translator of French drama, and an entrepreneur of the translations of others.

The Anomaly of ‘Enemy Aliens’ Working in WW2 Propaganda

Thursday 17 June 2021
It is little known that much of Britain’s wartime propaganda was prepared and delivered by foreigners, not least those officially designated as ‘enemy aliens’, and despite the problems that arose, such as internment, deportation and espionage, the relationship between the British authorities and the refugees proved to be mutually beneficial.

Same Storm, Different Boat

Tuesday 18 May 2021
‘Same storm, different boat’ is how Catherine Davies, Professor of Linguistics at Leeds University at the recent CCWW workshop ‘Covid and the Woman Writer’ summed up the widely different impact of the lockdown on men and women. This finding was highlighted by journalist and author Sonka Hecker in an article on the workshop published in the Berliner Zeitung on 15 May 2021.

'Women in Transition' Published Today

Friday 7 May 2021
Those who missed the CCWW-sponsored conference held in September 2018 at King’s College London and St Peter’s College, Oxford, will be interested in the volume that was published on 7 May 2021. Entitled Women in Transition. Crossing Boundaries, Crossing Borders , the volume is edited by Maria-José Blanco and Claire Williams. The essays by scholars, students and writers as well as artists from around the world connect different cultures and genres, emphasizing the links that unite and bind women together rather than those which separate them.

'Schreibtischpendler' - Word of the Future?

Friday 26 March 2021
Max Weber's illustration for  Schreibtischpendler  © DAAD (2021) Schreibtischpendler, Umweltschädenstrauss , and zoomschick  were just three of the winning ‘Words of the Future’ announced at the prize-giving event for this year’s DAAD-IMLR German-language competition on 24 March.